Nicolle Sanchez-Peralta is a teen killer from Georgia who just found out that she will spend the next sixty five years in prison before she is released
According to court documents Nicolle Sanchez-Peralta convinced her friend 15-year-old Sanaa Amenhotep to get in a car with her and two young men Treveon J. Nelson and Jaylen S. Wilson. The fifteen year old girl was driven to a remote location where she would be murdered
There was a massive search when Sanaa Amenhotep went missing and three weeks later the teens body would be found in a shallow grave
Nicole Sanchez-Peralta, Treveon J. Nelson and Jaylen S. Wilson were arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder. Treveon J. Nelson and Jaylen S. Wilson would plead guilty to an assortment of charges. Nicole Sanchez-Peralta would go to trial and be convicted
Treveon J. Nelson and Jaylen S. Wilson both received sixty years in prison. There is no parole for any of the guilty in this case
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Three former Columbia-area residents were handed lengthy prison sentences for the kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Sanaa Amenhotep. Nicolle Sanchez-Peralta, Treveon J. Nelson and Jaylen S. Wilson were sentenced Tuesday for abducting and killing Amenhotep, who vanished from outside her home in Columbia, South Carolina, in April 2021. She was found three weeks later in a shallow grave in Lexington County.
The murder of Amenhotep, who was remembered for her bright and bold personality, and the subsequent arrest of three other teens, who were friends of Amenhotep’s, sent shock waves through the Midlands and galvanized activists in the Black community who criticized law enforcement’s response to her disappearance.
“The abduction and murder of Sanaa Amenhotep shocked the conscience of our community. A crime of this nature will not be tolerated,” said 11th Circuit Solicitor, Rick Hubbard, who prosecuted the case along with his deputy, Suzanne Mayes. “Our hearts are with the family of Sanaa and we pray that this conclusion will bring some measure of justice.”
Nicolle Sanchez-Peralta, 19, was found guilty of kidnapping and murder following a trial in May. She was sentenced to 65 years. Nelson, 20, and Wilson, 20, pleaded guilty early this year to charges of murder, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Both were sentenced to 60 years in prison The sentences must be served in their entirety and do not allow for parole. “I am sending a message,” stated Judge Debra McCaslin, a circuit court judge. “Our youth is killing our youth.
Testimony presented during the trial of Nicolle Sanchez-Peralta established that Amenhotep was beaten and was shot 14 times at the crime scene. The defendants buried her body in a shallow grave. “This young lady with so much potential and promise was brutally tortured and killed by her peers,” Hubbard said. Wilson and Sanchez-Peralta were under the age of 18 at the time of the murder. Amenhotep’s body was found on April 29, 2021, in a wooded area of Batesburg-Leesville, near Interstate 20. Her family mobilized a widespread effort to find her, calling on law enforcement, the press and social media to help find their daughter.
Amenhotep’s father, Sharif Amenhotep traveled from New Jersey to Columbia to organize searches of abandoned hotels and canvassed gas stations and other businesses looking for his daughter.
In a statement released to the press, Hubbard thanked both the Lexington and Richland County Sheriff’s Departments for their assistance in the investigation. But following Amenhotep’s abduction, many in Columbia’s Black community were critical of what they characterized as a slow response from law enforcement. “We need to have more accountability and more community, not just as a Black people but as human beings,” said Amenhotep’s mother, Saleemeh Graham-Flemming. “If it was just me, my daughter might have still been missing.”
Activists at the time called on the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and law enforcement generally to show more urgency when Black children are reported missing and to treat these cases as abductions when parents say they believe it’s a kidnapping case. Since her daughter’s death, Graham-Flemming has started the “Cakie Scholarship,” named after Amenhotep’s nickname. It raises money to send at-risk youths to trade school on a full scholarship.